RoadRUNNER Interview: Dave Bertram

Apr 29, 2015 View Comments by

From Dirt Track to CEO – RR: Tell us about your motorcycling history. When did you first start riding and racing? Dave: I started like most riders—on a mini-bike when I was 7 years old. My father was a long-time rider, and we rode together with friends on weekends. That’s the greatest thing about motorcycling—you […]

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A Bright Light in My Winter of Discontent

Feb 15, 2015 View Comments by

Winter can kill a man. No, I’m not talking about the single digit cold—that’s what wool is for. What I’m talking about is the sheer, unmitigated boredom of winter, when the short days and the icy roads and the salt and the sand conspire to ruin every apex within a hundred miles. Months without counter-steering […]

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Yamaha Celebrates Racing Champs, Supports Kids in Need

Jan 06, 2015 View Comments by

Yamaha Motor Corp. USA has had a good 2014. The company has introduced a number of new and updated models to the U.S. market to strong sales and rave reviews as well as achieving much success on the racetrack. At Yamaha USA’s annual Star Touring And Riding event, the company celebrated by inducting 11 current […]

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Alpinestars Tech-Air Airbag System Advances

Mar 26, 2014 View Comments by

Motorcycle racing, for all of its speed and apparent danger, has become dramatically safer over the years thanks to continual advances in motorcycle, racetrack, and protective gear design. Wearable airbag systems are one of these recent breakthroughs and Alpinestars has just taken them a step further. The latest version of A-Stars Tech-Air system holds eight […]

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The Kurt Caselli Foundation

Mar 06, 2014 View Comments by

Shortly after Kurt’s tragic death while competing in the Baja 1000 race on the Baja Peninsula in Mexico, the Kurt Caselli Foundation was established in his memory. The foundation seeks to further improve safety before, after, and during racing events and to aid former off-road riders as they transition into new careers as their racing […]

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Review: AeroMoto Sport Leather Motorcycle Jacket

Dec 13, 2013 View Comments by

The combination of clean, simple styling, good materials, and low price doesn’t come around too often so when it does you’ve got to take a look. AeroMoto is one of the in-house brands of motorcycle gear distributor Competition Accessories, and the elimination of the middleman is why the price is so reasonable. That old saying […]

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Review: Bell RS-1 Helmet

Dec 05, 2013 View Comments by

Bell has long been one of the biggest names in motorcycle helmets and in the last few years the company has been aggressively pursuing a larger share of the U.S. market in particular. What that means for all of us consumers is a variety of new, competitively priced, and feature rich helmets. One of these […]

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Sand, Sun, and Speed at Cornerspin

Jul 20, 2013 View Comments by

Grit crunches between my clenched teeth as I stay on the throttle deep into a corner, common sense and my survival instincts screaming in protest. After a good handful of brake, I’m back hard on the gas headed for my next trial-by-curve. The results are a solid mixture of the good, the bad, and the […]

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Moto GP Meet and Greet

Jul 14, 2013 View Comments by

It’s not often that you get to meet a Moto GP rider (or any other professional athlete), but if you’re in the San Francisco area this week, you’ll get the chance. First year Moto GP rider Andrea Iannone will be making an appearance at Dainese’s D-Store on Wednesday, July 17th just prior to the California […]

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Track Attack

Jan 23, 2013 View Comments by

Like a squadron of F-18 jet fighters preparing to launch off the deck of an aircraft carrier, 40 students and instructors in my Cornerspeed track class at Virginia International Raceway are revving-up the engines of their high performance motorcycles in a snarling, deafening roar.  Finally, the pit boss receives the track all-clear message through his […]

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Lunch With a Local Legend

Nov 28, 2012 View Comments by

Recently my riding friend Bob Brown invited me (Jim Parks) to a luncheon in Gettysburg, PA with a group of BMW riders. One of the attendees was Paul Mihalka, an 80-something year old rider who has logged over a million miles on BMWs. Paul, who was born in Hungary, moved with his family to Caracas, […]

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Big Boys On Little Toys

May 26, 2012 View Comments by

It doesn’t take much to draw me in to something a little crazy (or as Kathy would say, “a lot stupid) especially when it comes to bikes. For years, I’ve wanted to race motorcycles, but just never really had the chance. Money, time, school, and chasing other fantasies, like being a rock star, always seemed […]

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I Love Showing Old Bikes…

May 21, 2012 View Comments by

…just not enough to miss a race. That was the dilemma that Yates and I faced last weekend. Saturday, May 12th was the day of the Carolina Classic Motorcycle show sponsored by the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer. It is always a super cool event, especially considering that admission is free. And believe me, […]

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Isle of Man – Racing is Life

Nov 14, 2011 View Comments by

The Isle of Man, a tiny island in the Irish Sea between England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, is a world in itself. It’s famous for the oldest motorcycle road race in the world, the Tourist Trophy. “Never, ever in my life would I race here,” I think, riding on the Isle of Man for the […]

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